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The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire

Talk by Jewelry Historian Francesca Cartier Brickell

Join us for an evening with author, Francesca Cartier Brickell, to immerse yourself in the captivating story of the family behind Cartier, and learn how a humble Parisian jewelry store became a global luxury icon.

The Cartiers is the revealing tale of a jewelry dynasty—four generations, from revolutionary France to the 1970s. At its heart are the three Cartiers brothers whose motto was “Never copy, only create” and who made their family firm internationally famous in the early days of the twentieth century, thanks to their unique and complementary talents: Louis, the visionary designer who created the first men’s wristwatch to help an aviator friend tell the time without taking his hands off the controls of his flying machine; Pierre, the master dealmaker who bought the New York headquarters on Fifth Avenue for a double-stranded natural pearl necklace; and Jacques, the globe-trotting gemstone expert whose travels to India gave Cartier access to the world’s best rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, inspiring the celebrated Tutti Frutti jewelry.… Read More